Table tennis: Docks A inch closer to league title
9:18am Thursday 28th February 2013 in Sport
The Ignition Credit plc sponsored West Cornwall Table Tennis League is drawing to a close with most teams having only a handful of matches left, writes Malcolm Peters.
Docks A are looking hot favourites for the Premier Division title, a 10-0 whitewash of Palace A not doing their hopes any harm. Docks B dropped a couple of surprise points when entertaining Palace B, Paul Mallen first defeating Chris Peters and then getting the better of Dave Plumb.
Docks will be hoping this does not dent their hopes of finishing in runner up spot. Young James Wright beat Will Abouelhana when St Austell met Bridge A, this encounter ending with honours even.
In Division One St Ives A came out on top 7-3 when visiting Docks F, three from David Smith helping their cause. Nick Peters however showed continued improvement by defeating Mike Fisher for the first time.
Mounts Bay A took 9 points against their own B side to maintain their position at the top, Jamie Staniland ruining the maximum by getting the better of James Martin in 4 ends.
Docks E beat bottom club Mylor B 7-3 thanks to 3 from Jeremy Hartley. Chris Bassett had a tough night with all his games going to 5 ends, defeating Treeve Rowe 15-13 and Howard Baker 11-9 in the deciding games.
The Division Two title looks to be going the way of Cape Cornwall A, an 8-2 win over Palace D leaving them 21 points ahead of challengers Mounts Bay C.
Scott Meagor and Robert Fuller took three apiece for the Cape, but young Sam Skinner had a close five end win over Kaye Stenner.
Docks H took 3 valuable points from Palace E to keep them out of the relegation zone, but Simon Jacobs and Ian Riley remained undefeated for the Palace. The youngsters of St Ives B gained a 10-0 win over Cape Cornwall B to maintain their slim chance of runners up spot, brothers William and Tristan Wynne and Josh Francis largely untroubled except for a couple of close games against Marlene Carew and Gloria May.
In Division Three leaders Docks P strengthened their grip at the top thanks to a 9-1 win over Cape C, Rafa Kmiec and James Freeman remaining unbeaten.
Howard Charman gained the solitary point for the Cape by beating Aaron Robertson.
Docks K remain in 2nd place after 9-1 and 10-0 wins over Palace F and Docks N respectively. Mylor C kept up their challenge however thanks to taking 4 points from leaders Docks P, 2 from Matthew Bassett including inflicting only a 2nd defeat of the season on Rafa Kmiec.
Saracens beat a depleted Docks M 9-1 which keeps them out of the bottom 2, Paige Baker and Freya Tuffery taking 2 each. Dylan Tynan battled hard to defeat Daniel Preston 12-10 in the final game to avoid the whitewash.